Institutions, Land Use and Transportation

The objective of this chapter was to explain recent trends in US land use development and transportation, and to examine institutions as explanatory factors of those trends. It was argued that land use and transportation actions mirror each other, with growth and new technology driving the need for expanded use of urban land and in turn transportation infrastructure (or at the minimum driving the need for increased productivity in the use of transport infrastructure). The sprawling trend in urban land development was explained by identifying the factors driving the process. Among these forces, the rules or institutions that guide how land is developed and transport infrastructure decisions are made were considered to be critical in explaining why the spotty, fuzzy, and often unconnected but always expanding urban development of the USA is far less organized than in many other Western countries. Four-level institutional topology was developed and to examine this difference.

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    • Published as Volume 5, Handbooks in Transport series, ISSN 1472-7889.
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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • Stough, Roger R
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 27-42
  • Monograph Title: Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01004049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080441084
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 2005 12:55PM